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Producing For The New Hollywood

A successful producer in today's marketplace must have the ability to put together a complete package consisting of script, cast and budget. Veteran film producer Sandy Stern ("Being John Malkovich," "Saved," "Pump Up the Volume") demystifies the process of producing by walking students through the process from start to finish, and provides an insider's guide to the current tasks and challenges faced by Hollywood producers.

The course starts with the development process, which includes finding and developing materials, optioning and negotiating rights agreements, and working with writers, directors and executives. Students will learn how talent agencies and management companies operate and the role they play in attaching a cast to a project; how a movie can be financed from private equity, independent production companies, foreign sales agencies and studios; and how production is structured into pre-production, production, and post-production, with each part of the process having its own form and function yet linked inextricably to the other.

The course concludes with an overview of the marketing and distribution of a movie in the global marketplace. Guest speakers (agents, directors, writers and actors as well as executives from independent finance companies and studio production companies) will discuss industry practices and how they are integral to the life and success of a producer.

Admissions: Students wishing to attend this course must submit an application form, a resume and statement of purpose.
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Start Date: September 28, 2015

Application Deadline: September 14, 2015

Workshop Day/Time: Mondays, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., 10 weeks

Tuition: $1000

Instructor: Sandy Stern

Sandy Stern's first feature was the critically acclaimed teen anthem "Pump Up The Volume" starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis. Stern's additional credits include Paul Haggis' "Red Hot," Lynn Littman's "Freak City," Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich," Todd Hayne's "Velvet Goldmine," Jill Sprecher's "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing," and Brian Dannelly's "Saved." He also produced the music version of "Saved," which premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

For the past decade, he has been partnered with REM frontman Michael Stipe and their files have drawn such talent as Cameron Diaz, Marisa Tomei, Mary-Louise Parker, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale. Prior to Stipe, Stern was partnered with Sean Penn.

He has won an independent Spirit Award, a Producer's Guild Visionary Award, and a Satellite Award. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe, a Lucille Lortel, and his films have garnered three Academy Award nominations.

Stern is developing projects with 21 Laps, Fox 2000, Playtone Productions, Overbrook Entertainment, MTV and Fuse. He is also prepping a music version of "Pump Up The Volume" to premiere in Seattle at the Balagan Theater in 2014.

He is currently on the faculty at The AFI Conservatory of Film where he is a mentor to over 30 student films a year.

Stern graduated cum laude from Vassar College and summa cum laude from New York University. He is also a published author.